10 startups will pitch to Seedcamp, the first round fund that invests in founders at both pre-seed and seed stage, on the second day of Slush. The announced winners will receive a prize from SendGrid, as well as the opportunity to discuss a possible investment from Seedcamp.
Seedcamp has hosted hundreds of events over the last eight years, and invested in and supported almost 200 companies including successes such as Transferwise, Fishbrain and Property Partner. Seedcamp Pitching is aimed at pre-seed and seed-stage startups looking for investment. 18 selected companies have taken part in Seedprep coaching today on November 10th in Helsinki.
The day has prepared the selected teams for pitching, and given founders invaluable feedback on their businesses and ensured the key messages are being conveyed as effectively as possible. The 10 most promising startups of those have now been chosen. The startups will pitch at Slush, competing to get to Seedcamp’s upcoming Investment Interviews. We got a few comments from Seedcamp’s Dave Haynes.
How have these 18 startups been selected? What was highlighted in the selection criteria?
We had over 400 applications from startups that applied to Slush. Seedcamp is the defacto first round fund for any globally ambitious founder in Europe. We’re investing smart capital into pre-seed and seed stage startups. So that’s what we were primarily looking for. We’re sector agnostic, but as a big part of the Seedcamp offering is access to our lifelong platform of learning, network and capital we always seek to find startups where we can really add value as an investor.
How have you chosen to arrange this pitching here and take part in Slush? What are you looking for in the event?
We’re big fans of Slush. We attended last year and this time around we wanted to do something even better. We’re actively seeking to invest in companies across the early stages and because we traditionally invest in founders from right across Europe, we thought that Slush would be a great place to do this. Especially, given the events strong reputation with young, ambitious founders from the Nordics and Baltics, two areas that we believe have great talent and that we would like to support more.
The top 10 startups pitching at Slush are:
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Haynes describes that the overall quality of teams was very consistent. “Many of them are tackling big ideas for an international market, which is a key thing we look for.”
Dave, what should be expected of the pitching in Slush?
We’re going to see 10 great teams. And I hope that we’ll find at least one or two to invest in! However, if you’re a founder that hasn’t had the chance to take part in the Slush event then don’t forget you can still apply for a Seedcamp investment here: http://seedcamp.com/apply-to-seedcamp. Applications for pre-seed will close on 15th November.